Assistive Technology

Jefferson Community College provides accessible computer technology and adaptive equipment. We are happy to help you understand your specific technology needs, review campus equipment and assistive technology, and offer guidance as you make personal decisions about equipment.  If you wish to access these accommodations, you must first document your disabilities in the Learning and Success Center.  You may purchase privately or through an alternative funding source.

The following assistive technology is available at Jefferson Community College:

  • Computer Screen Magnifier. Screen magnification enlarges a screen image from two to sixteen times its normal size.
  • Digital Voice Recorders. Record lecture material and then store it onto a USB device to assist with notetaking.
  • Headphones. Headphones may be used with tape recorders and computers. A valid SUNY ID is required to sign out headphones in the open lab (6-204), the Melvil Dewey Library and the LSC.
  • Intel Reader  The Intel® has a built-in camera.  Point at something and the reader will process it, convert the words to text and read the words out loud.
  • Apple® iPad  Several iPads are available for sign-out to be used as note taking devices.  There are also many applications to assist with specific disabilities.
  • Amazon Kindle The Amazon Kindle provides textbooks in a digital format.  Students are responsible for the cost of the text.  The Kindle can also be used for note taking services.
  • Kurzweil Reader  This software provides screen reading for e-text and scanned materials. Kurzweil is available in the open lab (6-204), the Melvil Dewey Library, and the Learning Skills Center (LSC).
  • Large Screen Internet Station.  There is a large screen station in both the open lab (6-204) and the Melvil Dewey Library.
  • Large Screen Microfiche. This screen magnifier is available in the Melvil Dewey Library.
  • LiveScribe SmartPen. This pen is a notetaking device that records what is being spoken as you write and helps to organize your notes.
  • Speech Recognition, including Dragon Naturally Speaking. Speech recognition, such as Dragon Naturally Speaking, software allows the user to speak into a microphone at a normal pace and to have the computer convert what is said into text. Simple commands by voice, instead of through a keyboard, are used to process and revise text in a document, move around within the document, and control the computer. Spelling, pronunciation, and context-recognition information are included. Programming a person's voice to use this type of software takes at least one-half hour.
  • Talking Calculator. This calculator reads aloud any information typed into it.
  • Tape Recorders. Tape recorders are used for a wide variety of reasons, including recording classes for note taking and playing back texts that are not available in large print or Braille.
  • Trackballs. A trackball performs the same function as a mouse but is used by people who have difficulty using a standard mouse.
  • Microsoft Windows Accessibility. The Microsoft Windows operating system provides many options on the computer for students with visual disabilities, such as reversing the screen colors (white text on a black background) and enlarging items on the screen.
  • Word Prediction. Word prediction software allows the user to enter the first letter or two of a word and have the computer predict the intended word. The user may recognize the word, or the program can offer choices to the user. This application is great for students with learning or physical disabilities who struggle with typing letter by letter.

For more information about any of the items on this list or about support for special needs, please contact the Learning and Success Center at (315)786-2288, or toll free (888)435-6522 and ask for the Learning and Success Center.